Lord Mayor calls on volunteers to support Special Olympics collection
14 Mar 2019
Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Deirdre Hargey is calling on all citizens to support the great work of the Special Olympics Ireland team by volunteering their time for their big collection day on 1 April.
On March 7th, 91 Special Olympics Ireland athletes departed for Abu Dhabi to compete at the Special Olympics World Summer Games.
This will be the largest sporting and humanitarian event in the world this year. Taking place from March 14th – 21st, the Games will host 7,000 athletes from 170 countries. An incredible 20,000 volunteers will provide vital support. Amongst those will be a team of 113 volunteers from Ireland including coaches, media and general volunteers.
Volunteers are the life-blood of the Special Olympics programme which supports thousands of children and adults with an intellectual disability across Ireland. While volunteering opportunities for the World Games are closed, the charity is calling on the public to volunteer on their Annual Collection Day which takes place on Friday April 5th.
Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Deirdre Hargey said: “Special Olympics is a fantastic celebration of participation for all. Special Olympics athletes, are a great source of inspiration and an example of the benefits sports can instil or provide – determination, teamwork, discipline and friends. The contribution made by families, friends and volunteers to the success of our athletes is fantastic. The annual collection taking place on 5 April in the city centre will go a long way in building on the teams great work. I would encourage everyone to get out and offer their support.”
Representing Team Ireland on a world stage is a huge honour for our athletes, after four years of hard training and competition. Funds raised on Collection Day will help Special Olympics maintain and develop crucial programmes and to continue transforming lives through sport.
For ways to support or to find out more visit www.specialolympics.ie